Police report: tossing a lit cigarette, hawk caught in net and thefts

Tossing lit cigarette leads to citation
A woman, 34, was cited after an Elk River police officer observed her throw a lit cigarette out her vehicle.
The cigarette landed on the street and the officer retrieved it. He stopped the driver in the 300 block of Lowell Avenue in Elk River at 6:50 p.m. July 31. The officer returned the still-burning cigarette to the driver and asked why she threw it out of her vehicle.
She told the officer she didn’t have an ash tray in her vehicle.
She was cited for littering—dangerous object on highway.

Hawk got caught in a batting cage
A hawk caught in the netting of a batting cage on 165th Avenue in Elk River was released after the zip ties were cut.
Police had been called to the scene at 8:27 p.m. July 29.

While owner kayaks, thief breaks into car
A woman was kayaking on the Mississippi River when someone broke into her vehicle in Elk River.
A community service officer doing a security check of Babcock Park along Highway 10 across from Great River Energy found a vehicle with two smashed out windows.
The damage occurred sometime between 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 29. Stolen were a purse and contents, some electronics, golf clubs and fishing equipment, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

Thief steals clothing, other items from truck
Two bags containing clothing and other items were stolen from the cab of a pickup that was parked at the Elk River theater, 570 Freeport Ave. The vehicle was locked but the back window of the cab was broken and taped up, and the thief may have entered through that window, according  to the police report.
The incident was reported to police at 9:45 p.m. July 31.

Bike worth $2,000 stolen off bike rack
A bike worth $2,000 has been reported stolen from the 10800 block of 181st Avenue in Elk River.
The bike is a black Titus Racer X with an aluminum rear triangle. It was taken from a bike rack on a vehicle.
The incident was reported to police at 2:45 p.m. July 31.

Four pink paintballs hit water tower base
Police received an anonymous complaint at 9:53 p.m. July 29 of two juveniles who had shot pink paint balls at the base of the water tower near the YMCA in Elk River.
There appeared to be four paint balls shot at the water tower. An officer lost sight of two possible juvenile suspects as they were last seen walking towards Orono Estates.

Man gets bad check for Craigslist item
An Elk River resident contacted police on July 29 after he received a bad check for an item he sold through Craigslist.
He told police he sold a salon chair to a woman for $90. The woman paid by check but the seller found out later that the checking account was closed.

Green iPod Nano  stolen from vehicle
A green iPod Nano worth $200 was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 100 block of Fifth Street in Elk River. The theft was reported to police at 6:10 p.m. July 29.

Pickup damaged while owner shopped
An Anoka man, 48, reported that damage was done to the driver’s side rear crew cab door of his pickup while he was inside shopping at Menards in Elk River, Kluntz said.
The hit and run was reported to police at 10:35 a.m. July 30.

Woman arrested for DWI after hit and run
A 40-year-old Elk River woman was arrested for DWI after police responded to a report of a hit and run at Daddy O’s in downtown Elk River.
Kluntz said the vehicle was located at an apartment complex and the driver was located shortly afterwards.
The incident was reported to police at 8:45 p.m. July 28.

Toilet paper, flour and soap decorate yard
A resident reported that a garage door and front yard in the 17000 block of Macon Street in Elk River had been toilet papered, floured and soaped.
The incident occurred between 9 p.m. July 28 and 4:30 a.m. July 29.

Sherburne County finds bike in Dumpster
A bicycle was found July 27 in a dumpster at a Sherburne County government building on Jackson Avenue in Elk River. Police ran the serial number and it came back clear.
The bike is being held in the police department’s found property.

Purse stolen while woman was at gym
On July 17, a  Zimmerman woman  reported that while parked at Gold’s Gym in Zimmerman, her vehicle had been broken into.  Her purse and its contents were taken.  Her purse was later recovered; however several items are still missing, according to the sheriffs department.

Mailbox, post were taken in Baldwin
A woman in Baldwin Township reported the theft of her mailbox and post on July 18.  The estimated value is $30, according to the sheriff’s department..